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earthquake last year. any parent would understand this resolution. this is about dead school children. this is about accountability. these courageous individuals sought such accountability from a government which allowed the construction of substandard buildings for school children, buildings which could not withstand the aftershocks of a major quake. the building materials used for these schools were substandard due to the corruption involving those officials who authorized the construction. grieving parents have a right to know why their children died after being buried in rubble, but their efforts for legal redress were dismissed. these two brave men sought answers for the grieving parents but the efforts led to their own imprisonment on trumped-up charges followed by trials. how can they call the chinese regime a responsible stake
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holder when it uses its police force and court system to engage in a coverup of corruption which led to the deaths of innocent children? and how can america be silenced of such blatant defiance of not only the rule of law but what is considered decent and moral. this resolution is more than about two human rights activists. this is about a totalitarian system which is so afraid of its own population that it resorts to the harsh and brutal measures to conceal the truth about the deaths of innocent school children. this is about the massive human rights abuses, such as the continued percentcutions of tens of thousands of practitioners, an issue addressed in a resolution which i introduced months ago, but which is yet to reach the floor of this chamber. this is about the continued repression of the weeg you are
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people and engage in truth dealing with them not only in beijing but in the white house here in washington, d.c. this is about speaking truth to power and president obama during his upcoming summit in china putting human rights and religious freedom issues squarely on the table instead of just agreeing to disagree. mr. speaker, at this time, i would like to yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from california, my good friend, mr. lewis, the ranking member on the committee on appropriations. . mr. lewis: i appreciate the gentlelady yielding and i rise to express my appreciation to both she and mr. berman for working so hard on behalf of human rights around the country. i rise to express my grave concerns about the impact the democratic health care plan will have on businesses and jobs in this country, another human rights concern and i ask
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unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. ms. ros-lehtinen: with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i'm very pleased to yield to a former member of our committee and the sponsor of this resolution, the gentleman from oregon, six minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. it is a tragedy when any child is killed. it is an abomination when the act of asking questions about one's child's death leads to harassment or persecution by one's own government. we all remember when a major earthquake struck sichuan province, china, on may 12, 2008. it was the most devastating natural disaster to hit china in over three decades. that day i was the first
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personally to present condolences to the chinese people for their grievous loss. particularly heartbreaking were stories of the children who were killed as their school buildings collapsed around them and the images of parents overwhelmed with grief. in the aftermath of the earthquake these parents started questioning why school buildings collapsed at a much higher rate than other types of buildings. they allege that poor construction and corruption among local officials and builders contributed to the school building collapses. these allegations have been stone walled or worse, resulted in the harassment of the complaint ants. chinese courts have refused to hear lawsuits brought by the parents, local officials and even kept some complaining parents in arbitrary detention. as a parent myself, i find it a tragic failure of justice to
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have these grievances go unaddressed, especially if a society chooses to enforce a one-child policy. two human rights activists from sichuan's capital city attempted to stand up for these grieving parents and give voice to their concerns. soon after the earthquake struck, mr. qi posted articles on his website about the parents' demands for an investigation into the school buildings collapses. separately, in february of this year, mr. tan zuoren issued a proposal on the internet calling for volunteers to travel to sichuan to compile lists of students killed in the quake. to document the parents' treatment and to conduct an investigation of school building construction. mr. zuoren's report criticized
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officials for failing to follow through on their commitments to fully investigate the role that inferior construction played in the school building collapses and failure to deal with the parents' demands. for these actions, the local municipal government charged both mr. huang and mr. tan. they were charged for state secrets and inciting aversion to state power. both of these men were put on trial in august of this year. their allegations that -- -- there are allegations that each trial was fraught with violations. the victims said that they were detained to prevent them from attending the trial. the court repeeltedly rejected requests from mr. tan's lawyers to call three witnesses,
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including the noted architectural designer who helped design the beijing olympics bird nest stadium and who also was investigating student deaths in the sichuan earthquake. according to him, police came to his hotel and used force to prevent him and 10 others from leaving the premises until after the trial ended. mr. huang's trial was allegedly fraught with similar violations, including the detention of a volunteer from the human rights center to prevent him from testifying on mr. huang's behalf. to date, judgments have not issued in either mr. huang or mr. tan's trial. the trials have been suspended or held open. both men continue to be held in prison. mr. speaker, i rise today to urge my colleagues to pass house resolution 877, to express their support for mr. huang and mr.
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tan's peaceful request for answers and justice on behalf of the parents whose children were killed in the sichuan earthquake. this bipartisan resolution with 176 co-sponsors calls on the chinese government to adhere to its own constitutional guarantees, its own criminal procedure laws and its own recently passed national human rights action plan to ensure that mr. huang, mr. tan and all chinese citizens are accorded the right to free speech and the right to criticize and make suggestions to their government as guaranteed by their own constitution. mr. speaker, no one who suffers the loss of a child deserves abandonment by or punishment from his or her own government. thank you, support this resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized.
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ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. i'm honored to yield four minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. wolf, the ranking member on appropriations on commerce, justice and science and a long-time advocate of human rights for the people of china and elsewhere. mr. wolf: i thank the gentlelady and i particularly thank her for her comments about china. i rise in support of this but there is a connection because in china today there are 35 catholic bishops that are either in house arrest or in jail, protestant pastors and china unfortunately and i think the american people know has now become our banker. this ties into the health care bill that we're ready to vote on tomorrow. that bill will cost $1 trillion. to think america is unsinkble, the white house projects the federal debt will be growing by more than $9 trillion in the next 10 years. how big is a trillion? one million seconds equals 12
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days. one trillion seconds is more than 30,000 years. china is a banker and this bill will cost $1 trillion and it's important that we deal with this issue. now, the second poster sums up on where we are today. this happens to be uncle sam. he is saying, don't let the debt defeat a great nation. we are obligated to china. china holds a large portion of our debt. the saudis hold a large portion of our debt. the saudis who funded the radical madrassahs and some who were on the airplanes that killed the people on 9/11, 30 more or so from my congressional district, holding our debt. we need to get control of this debt and the health care bill will not lower costs, the health care bill will cost over $1 trillion, $1 trillion. what kind of legacy -- what kind
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of legacy are we leaving for our children? and i have five. or our grandchildren? and i have 14. a legacy of debt and deficit. $1 trillion for this health care bill. we have $57 trillion of unfunded obligations. we have $12 trillion in debt. so i close to vote against the bill because it costs us money and on behalf of uncle sam who says, don't let debt defeat a great nation. and yield back the balance of my time. ms. ros-lehtinen: i reserve the balance of my time. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i'm please pleased to yield three minutes to the chairman of the asia pacific and global environment subcommittee, representative from american samoa, mr. faleomavaega. the speaker pro tempore: how much time? mr. berman: three. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for
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three minutes. mr. faleomavaega: mr. chairman, i ask unanimous consent to extend and revise my remarks. and i certainly would like to thank the distinguished chairman of our foreign affairs committee and our senior ranking member, the gentlelady from florida, for their leadership, sponsorship and certainly support for this important resolution. i also would like to particularly thank my colleague, the gentleman from oregon, for his authorship of this important bill. i think i know something about earthquakes since recently my own district was devastated by an 8.3 richter scale earthquake, the distance only about 120 miles south of samoa, travel being 500 miles per hour. the shock wave, it was a matter of minutes, we ended up with a 20-foot tsunami that caused tremendous devastation in property, our homes and villages, and the deaths of many people. so i do want to commend my good friend from oregon for his
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leadership and for raising this important issue to our colleagues. and also the two citizens who really wanted just to investigate how it was that because of faulty construction that these classrooms, these children died and the government of china did not allow these investigations to go on. i have tremendous respect for the leaders of the people of the republic of china. the peoples' republic of china -- the people's republic of china. given that they've only been in existence for 60 years. there was 400 million people living in china when it was established. yes, under communist rule china has evolved itself and it still has a lot of serious problems like any other country and, yes, i think also in times that i have the want to express very much the concerns that i have that i think it's time, especially under the circumstances and how these
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children ended up debt because of -- dead because of faulty construction of buildings and the government refused to have this kind of investigation. and for which these two citizens were victimized and prosecuted and certainly abused by the chinese officials. this is not right. and i want to again thank my good friend from oregon, david wu, for bringing this matter to the attention of our colleagues and i urge my colleagues to support this resolution. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i'd like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. miller, an esteemed member of the financial services and transportation committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. miller: thank you. i thank you for the time. the resolution before us deals with china and many of our jobs are going to go to china if the health care bill the democrats are propose something enacted. the administration is using the
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american medical association and aarp to gash their support for their health care bill. the a.m.a. delegates is meeting today in houston, tick. it's made up of elected representatives from across the country, representing doctors and members of the a.m.a. they meet to vote on policy issues affecting doctors. they're saying it was an unauthorized vote prior to the delegates arriving that went to support this bill. a.m.a. doctors are demanding a vote of no confidence against the board of directors. in fact, there are two resolutions that they're demanding to be heard tomorrow. one is from the rank and file membership and members of the house of delegates of the american medical association. it reads, we of the rank and file membership and the members of the house of delegates of american medical association do here object to your recent vote supporting h.r. 3962, also known as the affordable health care act of america. wrars h.r. 3962 -- whereas h.r. 3962 will change health care in
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america. and prior to conving the house -- house of delegates and the house of delegates has strong feelings, beliefs and grave misgavings with regarding h.r. 3962 and whereas the a.m.a. leadership has denied our leadership on this vitally important issue, we do hereby demand prior to addressing any item of business on current agenda immediate suspension of the rules of the house of delegates of the american medical association and they call for full discussion and debate of h.r. 3962 including a vote of no confidence in our leadership by the members of the house of delegates. a very, very strong statement. the second resolution was filed and is called resolution 1006. it was introduced by the alabama delegation, the arkansas delegation, the delaware delegation, the district of columbia delegation, the florida delegation, the georgia delegation, the kansas delegation, louisiana delegation, the new jersey delegation, the south carolina
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delegation, the american academy of rescon instructive surgery, the congress of neurological surgeons, the american sew side of general surgeons and to the psychological society. it's to withdraw h.r. 3962. obviously there's a problem doctors are having with this bill. aarp has also come out and saying they represent seniors supporting this bill. but you have to look at this bill. i represent over 70,000 medicare eligible seniors in my district alone. the bill cuts over $500 billion out of medicare starting in 2010 including $23.9 billion in cuts to skilled nursing facilities, $143.6 billion in cuts to hospitals, including skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, in-patient rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric facilities, again, $143.6
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billion in cuts to hospitals. and worse all, $170 billion in cuts to medicare advantage which effectively will eliminate medicare advantage in the future. you can't support this bill and say you support seniors and you support doctors who represent their patients. with unemployment over 10.2%, 29-year high, you include the individuals discouraged trying to find jobs and you can't find them and those underemployed who have part-time jobs and would really prefer to work full time. we have a problem in this country. we passed the stimulus bill that said unemployment would not go above 8%. it's 10 tp 2% today. it said it would not go over 8% and lose more jobs and it lost over three million jobs since then. we need to look at what we're doing. we need to say we care about the american people, we care about those people who will be taxed to pay for this and we care about a system of health care that's the best in the world that will be ruined.
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i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i'm very pleased to yield to a very distinguished member of our committee, the gentlelady from texas, ms. sheila jackson lee, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the distinguished chairman and i thank the distinguished ranking member for coming together around the legislation of my friend, mr. wu from oregon. and, mr. speaker, i want to recapture the moment why we're here on this floor today. we will have an expanded opportunity tomorrow, saturday, for there to be a vigorous debate on this health care reform which by the way, mr. speaker, the american medical association has indicated their recognition of the importance of this legislation. but i think it's important for us to recapture the horrific
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scenes those of us who are parents, those of us who are engaged with children during the tragedy of the earthquake in china on may 12, 2008. we looked in horror as rescue workers worked feverishly to draw out children, limp bodies covered with dirt and dust, crying parents, some losing more than one child, children being where they were supposed to be, in school, just as any other who during our lifetime have dropped our precious souls off at a school building. you can imagine what the outcry and the pain. just go back to that time and see the video of parents on their knees screaming, maybe in prayer, to ask for mercy. maybe to hope that their child either would be found or the limp body was not their child.
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can you imagine two wonderful, heroic individuals, huang qi and tan zuoren who came to speak for those voiceless parents, many of them oppressed by unfortunately the structure of china even though it is a country that is represented to have democratic and constitutional rights? these individuals were working to get the truth, what happened, why did most of the school buildings fall as they did, what kind of cheap construction, why was life so cheap that they didn't have focus? this resolution recounts that these individuals who are human rights activists were literally picked up by plain clothesed police and arrested on charges of illegally possessing state secrets. all they were trying to do is give voice to the voiceless and
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to recognize that truth had to be found. when huang's closed trial was held and according to the nongovernmental organization in china, four police officers kidnapped a volunteer for the human rights center to prevent him from testifying on huang's behalf. and so there are a lot of violations. in fact, china has violated their own constitutional rights , and when they reached out to volunteers they denied them that right. will the gentleman yield me an additional minute? mr. berman: please to yield the gentlelady one minute. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman. so when they reached out to try others to tell the truth or have the truth told for these parents, these mourning parents, these parents without children, and we all know about china's birth control policy, some may have had only one
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child. each child is precious. so i rise today to support providing these human rights activists with the rights that all chinese citizens have under article 35 and 41 of china's constitution, namely, a freedom of speech and association and the right to make suggestions to officials free of suppression and retaliation. and i ask for a human rights plan for china. it is time to tell the truth but it is also time that china rises to recognize the rights of all the citizens and the right to promote human rights. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i'd like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from nebraska, mr. terry, a member of the committee on energy and commerce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized. mr. terry: thank you, mr. speaker. and i too rise in support of this resolution and commend my friend and colleague and classmate from oregon. he and i share something. we both have children about
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similar ages, elementary school, now middle school ages, and i can't think of anything horrific than your children dying when the buildings collapse upon them and the frustration of the parent who just wants answers. and when i think about those buildings collapsing on those children i can't help to think about the incompetency of a large centralized government that's in charge of every facet of their economy. and here we are faced this weekend with the debate of whether or not we're going to move our government in that same direction of building a huge bureaucracy, one that will be thousands of miles away, one that tonet have the passion and interest other than just passing paper around desks and realizing that their lack of interest allows for this waste and the fraud and the abuse that's inherent to the buildings that collapsed in
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sichuan. i fear as we grow our massive government and bureaucracy to manage the government's portion of the health care, taking over 18% of our economy as to whether we are going to have to live with that level of incompetency of waste, fraud and abuse. think of those schools collapsing and that equal -- how our health care will be run in this country. and another thing that the gentleman from virginia said, and i want to associate myself with his remarks. this is a $1.2 trillion bill. and yeah, they raised a lot of taxes to be able to pay for it and some of it is $500 billion out of medicare, my worry is that that $500 billion out of medicare really isn't going to be cut. it's just going to go to our national debt. and therefore we are going to have to rely on china to buy that debt from us. again, relying on them. notice that this resolution condemns the action of the chinese government for their
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humanitarian violations but there's no penalties here. see, when there are creditors and they own us like they do and will continue to own more of us when we have to sell our debt to them, it limits our abilities to sit down and negotiate with them. did you notice that the last couple of administration officials that have gone or even congressional officials that have gone to china haven't brought up human rights violations with china? well, that's because they know they got us by the economics. and we can't do that or they can do such things as flood the world's economy with our debt, ruining our dollars and further jeopardizing our economy and more jobs. but then again, maybe the bright side of this health care bill perhaps costing as many as 5.5 million jobs is that they can go to china and help rebuild sichuan.
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i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. cassidy, a member of the committee's agriculture, education and natural resources. -- of the committees agriculture, education and natural resources. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cassidy: one thing that happened is as the buildings fall upon folks and this causes kidney failure. after katrina, there were many people on dialysis that had to be evacuated from new orleans to baton rouge and there had to be an emergency dialysis facility established. the current system is the elastiesity in this country that doesn't exist elsewhere. and while i toured those dialysis centers in my city, it was kept afloat by those who
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have private insurance. many of those patients are on medicare and medicaid. medicaid pays 60% of costs and medicare pays about 90% of costs. so were it not for the private insurance payers paying overcosts we would not have the ability to treat the dialysis patients here or in the emergency situations those that are evacuated. and it brings to mind immediately the health care bill that is before us, that it attempts to expand the system of medicaid and medicare that is actually on the -- that is actually depriving our system of the resources it needs to care more carefully for those who are in times of natural disaster. that said, there are -- there's a clear desire which is admirable to control costs in this bill. but paradoxically, the c.b.o. says this bill, which supposedly controls costs, will have an inflation rate of 8% per year. so 8% per year more than doubles costs in 10 years, mr.
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speaker. it's ironic when the president says that if we do nothing costs will double in 10 years. if we do this bill, according to the congressional budget office, costs will more than tubble in the next 10 years. and so i guess, mr. speaker, in closing i would say that there's three imperatives to health care reform. it's controlling costs so we can expand access to quality care. we've seen in other countries where there's inadequate resources placed or inadequate attention to costs that indeed these are not addressed. i'd ask that we -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. cassidy: we reject this reform for the dilatory effect upon this system. thank you. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: i'm pleased to yield the remainder of our time to the gentleman from georgia, mr. kingston, a member of the committee on appropriations. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kingston: i thank the gentlewoman's time has expired for yielding. and when i think of china i
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think of this health care plan. centralized plan, that's what it is. and mr. speaker, i know that you and so many others have been spending their weekends reading this 1,990-page monstrosity which some people think is going to save health care. i think rather it will save the bureaucracy. this bill and these 1,990 pages which have yet to be amended with another amendment called the manager's amendment. now what goes into the manager's amendment is kind of what is the result of having your arm twisted. what did you get for your twisted arm? it will be in the manager's amendment which is not in these 1,990 pages. but what is? premium increases. tax increases. medicare cuts. bureaucrats between you and your doctor. and at a mere cost of $1 trillion. in the year that we have had the
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highest deficit in the history of the united states, $1. trillion, -- the $1.4 trillion, the pelosi plan comes in weighing at $1 trillion. when we just got unemployment figures back, think about this, the president with an 8.5% unemployment rate pushes upon the congress a $787 billion stimulus bill and now unemployment has gone from 8.5% to 10.2% and in so many other pockets of america it's 14%, 15% and 16%. where are the jobs? why have we taken the focus off the main thing, the economy? why are we going down the track of government takeover of health care? and massive mandates on individuals, doctors and small businesses? just like china. mr. speaker, 1,900 pages, it's
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ridiculous. the republican alternative, which is not even half, not even 25%, but i'd say maybe 15% in size, weighing in at say maybe a mere $1 -- 150 pages, bring more competition for individuals, association health care plan to let small businesses pool together, expansion of health savings accounts, medical malpractice reform to reduce frivolous lawsuits. this is the republican alternative and the difference in the philosophy is simple. if your kitchen sink is leaking, you fix the sink. you don't take a wrecking ball to the entire kitchen. that's what the pelosi plan does. the republican plan focuses on those who have unfortunately fallen through the cracks.
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people who may be too young for medicare, too wealthy for medicaid, maybe they're 40 years old, unemployed in this obama economy, and maybe they have a pre-existing illness. the republican-targeted reform tried to help that person. they don't try to take the health care away from the rest of the american public who are happy with what they have. we do not need a centralized command control government in washington, d.c., that tries to take away the rights of businesses and individuals in the form of a huge government takeover of health care. and, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself one minute to simply point out that the relevance of the size of the democratic health care bill to the republican alternative is, i
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think, limited to the ratio of people covered under the democratic bill and covered under the republican bill. about 10 to one. mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and i yield back the balance of my time. ms. ros-lehtinen: we also yield back the balance of our time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 877. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- mr. berman: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. a recorded vote is requested. mr. berman: the resolution wouldn't have been agreed to. the speaker pro tempore: sorry, pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will
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be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. berman: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to h.res. 892. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 892, resolution recognizing the 20th anniversary of the remarkable events leading to the end of the cold war and the creation of a europe, whole free and at peace -- whole, free and at peace. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. berman, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, will each control 20 minuteses the chair recognizes -- minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. berman: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. berman: and, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: if on january 1, 1989, anyone had predicted the events that would occur in central and eastern europe during the following 12 months, culminating in the fall of the berlin wall and the end of the cold war, he or she would have been called a hopeless dreamer, a lunatic or a naive revolutionary. and yet by january 1 of 1990, the region and indeed the whole world had fundamentally changed. the events of 1989 were indeed remarkable. beginning with the opening of talks between the communist polish government and the solidarity trade union in february and ending with the execution of romanian dictator on christmas day. they began with a few ripples and became a tidal wave that swept throughout the region toppling governments and destroying the walls, real and virtual, that had divided the
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continent of europe for so many years. the initial fishers had had begun some years before, aided by the actions and policies of the united states and western europe as well as the reform members of perestroika. but the real cracks that led to the crumbling of the wall and the entire regime were brought about by the courageous actions of the men and women of central and eastern europe in 1989. this resolution commemorates those events and those people. the startling victory of solidarity, winning every seat it was allowed to contest in the lower house, and the 99 of 100 in the senate. the unprecedented decision by the hundred garian government to open the boarder to as you -- hung aaron government to open the border to austria. the amazing 400-mile-long human
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chain across estonia, lat via and lithuania, compricing two million citizens linking hands to protest soviet rule. the velvet revolution, czechoslovakia, which caused the free election of president -- of the president. the protests in bulgaria that led to the end of the 34-year rule of communist leader there and the first free elections since 1946. and the uprising of the people in romania against the efforts to arrest a popular priest and the brutal killing of innocent protesters that followed. that led to the deposing and execution of the romanian dictator and of course the iconic event of 1989, the tearing down of the berlin wall, and the joyous celebrations of people who were finally free.
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today these countries are important, vibrant, strong democracies, an important partner in nato and the european union. i'm proud to call them our allies and our friends. we work together to address the challenges in afghanistan, the threats posed by terrorists and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the risk to our environment, energy, security and economic well-being. we share same values and hope for the same for the future. we still have much work to do and to resolve difficult issues remaining within europe. for 20 years after it was considered unconceivable, the dream of a europe, whole, free and at peace, is finally within reach. i urge my colleagues to join me in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the remarkable events leading to the end of the cold war and the creation of a europe, whole, free and at
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peace. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. and i ridse in support of house resolution 892 commemorating the extraordinary events in 1989 which led to the end of the soviet regime's domination over eastern europe and those people it held captive within its borders. as this resolution points out, 1989 was an important and pivotal year for freedom in europe. in the course of only 365 days, walls fell, free elections were held, dictators were washed away and people who had long yearned for freedom crossed barriers and walked into liberty. the trade union's solidarity won its historic election victory,
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leading to the first non-communist government in poland since 1945. two million people living in the baltic states linked hands to form a human chain almost 400 miles long in a dramatic peaceful protest against soviet rule. in response to protests that had grown to include over a million people, east germany opened the border with west berlin for private trips abroad, then thousands of east germans flooded across the border and the berlin wall fell. the velvet revolution protest in czechoslovakia led to the free election of a new democratic government. romanian security forces brutally murdered brave romanians who were protesting the arrests of a local priest but subsequent mass protests overthrew the communist regime there. mr. speaker, and while i do support this resolution, it
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might have been an even more important statement by this house if it had clarified more specifically the great importance that members -- membership in the nato alliance now holds for these countries formerly trapped behind the iron curtain. while this measure indeed reaffirms our commitment to article 5 of the alliance, i would like to point out some disturbing recent incidents involving some of our allies in eastern europe which would seem to call for an even stronger statement of the strength and commitment of our alliance. in april of 2007 the russian foreign minister threatened serious consequences after the estonian government moved the site of a soviet war memorial. subsequently, estonian internet and technological information systems were subjected to large scale, systemic cyber attacks
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suspected to have originated in russia. furthermore, russian officials threatened undefine aid gressive actions against poland -- undefined aggression against poland and the czech republic, if they had missile defense components on their territory in august of 2008 a russian general stated, and i quote, by hosting missile defense components on its territory, poland is making itself a target. this is 100% certain. it becomes a target for attack. such targets are destroyed as a first priority, end quote. recent efforts undertaken by russia and its state controlled energy companies to monopolize control over any energy supplies to european states have raised concerns over future russian intentions regarding influence
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over political processes in those states. again this measure would have been a good opportunity to include specific references to those incidents, the kind of statements and actions emanating from the russian government are extremely serious and they must be viewed with the utmost concern for the sake of security of the countries of eastern europe that did work so hard to gain the freedom they finally achieved in 1989, the subject of this resolution. in overlooking such statements and actions, the measure before us today foregos the opportunity to send a truly clear and powerful message that we will not ignore statements and actions of that nature aimed at our allies, that their hard-won freedom and security do matter to us and we will stand with them against such intimidation. in closing, mr. speaker, i would like to note that today's news report concerning comments just
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made by the russian foreign minister, these statements can only be interpreted as a subtle warning to our polish ally against allowing any u.s. troops, its nato ally, being deployed on sovereign polish territory. when told that the polish minister had said the united states should deploy troops in central europe, the russian foreign minister replied, and i quote, i'm astounded because he and i discussed in tiny detail the objective that russia pursues with its initiative on a new treaty on european security, end quote. with such comments in mind, let us take note of the serious challenges that our allies in eastern europe continue to face today and send a strong message of support against any attempts to threaten or intimidate them. mr. speaker, at this time i'm
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pleased to yield six minutes to my good friend, the gentleman from indiana, mr. burton, who is the ranking member on the foreign affairs subcommittee on the middle east and south asia, six minutes to the gentleman from indiana. mr. burton: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. mr. chairman, i thought you were going to leave before i got to talk to you because i always like to address you while i am down in the well. i beg your pardon. you made a comment about my colleague, mr. kingston, when he said something about our bill being so much smaller. and you said, i think, it was 10 times bigger because it did 10 times more. it does do a lot more. it spends a lot more. it's 990 pages -- now, don't walk away. i want you to hear this. and each word in the bill is $2.25 million, each word, not each page, out of 1,990 pages,
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almost 2,000, each word. and it's not going to cost $1 trillion but $1.3 trillion and it's going to cause rationing of health care and going to cause a big cut in medicare and medicaid. i see you moving toward the door. mr. chairman, i love you, but this is not the best bill that i've ever seen. i think this is a bill -- well, he's leaving now. he's out the door. mr. chairman, i'd like to take issue with that. i'd like to say one more thing before i leave because i will talk about ronald reagan. when you did your dissertation you didn't mention ronald reagan and what he did when he said, mr. gorbachev, -- the speaker pro tempore: your remarks -- mr. burton: let me just say -- the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to address their remarks to the chair. mr. burton: oh, i'm sorry.
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well, he's gone anyway now. mr. speaker, madam ranking member, ronald reagan forced gorbachev and the soviet union to spend money they didn't have like we don't have with the health care bill, to build t-55 tanks and weapons to keep up with us in the cold war and he forced that country, that soviet union and all the countries involved to fall apart. and he said, mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall, and i thought at the time that's a great speech, mr. president, but it will never happen. and i went to monitor the elections in namibibia about a year and a half later and we were going to a german beer garden for lunch and i walked in and everybody was holding steins.
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i thought it was a birthday party or wedding party and i said, what's going on? and this guy with tears rolling down his cheeks, a german fellow said, haven't you heard, the berlin wall is coming down? i got tears in my eyes because he said, i'll be -- ronald reagan is the greatest president. he did whatever it took to deal with the soviet union and he won. but not only that, ronald reagan said that if we ever move toward government control of health care it would be a strong move towards socialistic control of everybody in this country. i'm paraphrasing him but he actually said that. and when ronald reagan same in instead of moving toward government control over our lives he said instead of raising taxes and creating more government, we are going to cut taxes, we are going to give people more disposable income, we are going to give businesses more money so we can expand and
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we ended up with the longest period of economic recovery that i can remember in our history. and so the obama administration comes in, they take over the car industry, the financial industry, the banking industry. they want to take over the energy industry and now they want to take over 18% of our entire society's economy and that is health care. and it's going to be destruction of much of what we believe in and the way we live in this country. we don't need socialism in america and that's what it is. if you say, well, that's a pretty strong word. go to the dictionary and see what socialism, it's fwoft control over people's lives, it's government regulation over everything. and this health care bill is an absolute disaster. seniors are going to see rationing of health care first. and then others will. they're going to see the cuts in medicare and medicare advantage. $500 billion. they're going to see all kinds of problems that they don't
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realize right now. and i just hope, i just hope that the people of this country who appeared on the mall yesterday by the thousands will continue to fight, mr. speaker, will continue to fight to stop this bill before it gets passed into law because it's going to change everybody's life and it's going to mortgage the future of our kids and our grandkids. inflation, higher taxes, all the things we don't want. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i'd like to know how much time i have left on our side. the speaker pro tempore: nine minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: nine minutes. i'd like to yield such time as he may consume -- thank you, mr. speaker -- to my good friend from nebraska, mr. terry, a member of the committee on energy and commerce. mr. terry: thank you, madam chairman. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. terry: thank you, mr. speaker. and i rise in support of this amendment but i want to talk about the cold war that's been
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created in the house of representatives. over this health care bill. this is my 11th year here and i have never seen this house so divided and so vitriolic. it is so intense around here and it does not have to be this way. we heard speech after speech from my friends on the other side that are saying that we because we oppose the government involvement in our health care in a $1.2 trillion price tag that somehow we want people to die, we don't want there to be a pre -- or somehow we support the pre-existing inclusion in caps. frankly, when you get past that level of vitriolic of leadership supported rhetoric, what you find out is that we
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actually agree on a lot between the two sides. we just haven't been able to actually discuss a real bill between us because the republicans have been shut out. we're angry about that, and i think that's the root or part of the problem with this health care bill is that you haven't -- we have not been involved in the shaping at all. for example, the bill that i supported or drafted and is up in the rules committee and maybe heard at 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, i guess, specifically forbids the use of a pre-existing clause in a contract that eliminates the caps that have been put on yearly or lifetime, that it prevents the dumping. these are the types of things that we tend to all agree on but we can't work together to get those done that have been identified as part of the
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problem. another part of the problem that i think we all agree on is that the high price of the policies in health care in general prevents many people from being able to access or purchase health insurance, therefore, not being able to access as well as many others the health care system. but there's ways to deal with that as well. the g.o.p. alternative and the one that i put in allows people to be packaged together in large groups. we attack the underlying costs of health care, and we make it more affordable in policies available to a lot more people by doing that. mine is a replication, an exact identical twin of what we have as federal employees and members of congress, and that's nine million people.
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and i agree with the insurance exchange idea where you could put maybe 15 million people that are uninsured, don't have access into one large group and let the private sector compete for them. this has been found by most economists to really dramatically reduce the costs. by buying in bulk in the competition. and those two principles are embraced in the alternatives. but i want to break down a little bit where we start separating. because really the problems between the philosophical basises for our bills boils down to the public option. theirs has a public option where it involves the government in health care, it sets up the -- and if you read the bill and understand how it works, you see where we will have a single payer totally run by the government health care system within about 10 years.
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i oppose that. i ran on individual liberties, not growing government. that's where we're going to hopefully have the debate tomorrow instead of the rhetoric we heard to date. this is not only the principles of big government versus limited government, individuals and patient's rights versus big government and centralized leadership over health care, but it's also going to be a debate about $1.2 trillion or more. and even some of this, there's additional costs that are even hidden. let me just give you one before i yield back my time. in order to help ensure the lower -- insure the lower income people above the boston mark, this bill moves medicaid from 100% of poverty as the eligibility mark to 150%.
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why is that -- why do i say that's a trick? well, it's good that they get uninsured but ours would allow them to have access and probably a little bit of support to be able to help them. but what this does then is shifts those costs to the state because medicaid, most of the dollars for medicaid people are born by the states. so the price tag for this bill is actually higher. one of the things that we're going to hear is that, yeah, they -- they soak the rich which involves a lot of small businesses, but the middle-income people are the ones that are going to get hit when they put these burdens on the states, when the states have -- like nebraska have to come up with 10's of millions of more -- tens of millions of more dollars that at a time when we are in a special session on trying to figure out how to balance that budget, the thing is they have to know how
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to raise taxes, and that's sale's taxes and property taxes. so this bill trickles down to the local levels by having states expand their medicaid coverage hiding the true costs of this bill but also is going to increase the local taxes. and i think that's unfair and i think the american public needs to know about some of these little nuances or tricks as i would call them. so i stand up in opposition to the health care bill, and when we hopefully this bill is defeated or can't get the votes and then we can come together in a bipartisan way and fix the problems that we all agree on and we can actually help the american public as opposed to creating this large new bureaucracy, and i yield back my time to madam chairman. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. thank you, mr. terry. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time.
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without objection, the gentleman from new york, mr. mcmahon, will control the time. mr. mcmahon: thank you, mr. speaker. i request to know how much time we have remaining. the speaker pro tempore: 16 1/2 minutes. mr. mcmahon: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from tennessee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. cohen: thank you, mr. speaker. and i want to thank the gentleman for yielding the time. i had planned on doing a one minute on the berlin wall. i think the 20th anniversary of the falling of the berlin wall is an historic occasion. and a story about freedom and oppression and people having the opportunity to have that freedom. i had the opportunity to visit berlin before the wall came down and after the wall came down. and the contrast in east berlin and west berlin when the wall was up was about as stark as the debate is from this side of the aisle and the other side of the aisle. there was the idea of life and freedom and action and caring
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and just life on one side. and on the other side of the wall it was dark, negative, gray, repressive. and when i traveled over there it was just startling to me to experience it. -- for me to experience it. the main street in west berlin was a street of people and musicians and wonderful food and all kinds of life and freedom. and on the other side was dark. as soon as the people went home and the communist style, stalin-esque buildings were on, there was no one out. and the waitresses that waited on us was almost afraid to talk to us. she yerned to visit the west and around the world. didn't know if she had that opportunity. we tipped her handsomely. i hope she used that money
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sometime to make her trip across to the free world. when we wept to checkpoint charmy, i gave the guard there, it was one of the most ominous experiences i've had, a combination of a police person, a border patrol person, a german, and i say that in the greatest respect to germans, and communist checking you through checkpoint charlie and it was rather stern and officiallike and intimidating. and i slipped him an elvis presley swizzle stick which he looked askance and took his hand and guided into his hands and stuck in his pocket and never moved his eyes from looking forward. i was happy to pass elvis along and while i agree with the gentleman who spoke earlier about president reagan and some of the things he did in spending to help defeat the soviet union and bring down that wall, a lot of what brought down that wall
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was the people and their need for freedom. the german youth heard american music and saw american life and they say blue jeans and they heard rock and roll, they herd elvis and the beathles and eventually that wall came down and they heard pink floyd and pink floyd played and the world listened and the wall came down. when i returned years later to berlin, i drove through the gate which i don't think i was supposed to, but i did, and that was fun. i could do it. it was freedom. and i thought back upon the last time i'd been in east berlin and you couldn't do anything and it was such an ominous state. east berlin now is a fun, thriving, great place with great restaurants and art scenes and freedom and people. it's become more happening than the other areas in the west which are happening as well. but it was a great day when that
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wall came down and the museum has three portions or four portions of the wall here in washington. i went there it last week. and i encourage everybody, mr. speaker, to go to the museum which is a great, great, great museum, a museum about history in america and the world. not just about news media but about freedom. the reason they've got the berlin wall there, it's about freedom and the first amendment, the freedom of press, the freedom of expression and the freedom of association and you can learn about that and value it and you look at that wall and you see pictures of the people who died trying to get across and coming up with a tunnel ray over the wall or to leave to create some type of flying machine and all the different ways, inside of cars or under cars and taken it to freedom. many died, some made it. it's a great tribute to people's yearnings for freedom and their desires to overcome the barriers put before them. i wanted to speak today because that was a momentum occasion in my life, it to see the berlin wall, to go into east berlin and see the difference between our type of government and the
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soviet repression and then to go back later and see the joy that is now in east ber lind and the freedom that's been allowed to flourish. the thank the gentleman for bringing the resolution and thank the lady for bringing the resolution. i encourage everybody to go to the museum and cherish their freedom. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i just want to close on our side. i thank my good friend, the esteemed chairman of our foreign affairs committee, mr. berman, for introducing this resolution and as important as it is to pass the feel good resolution, i think that this resolution would have been strengthened if we would have talked about the difficult realities that we are confronting now with russia and other states that are threatening the stability and democracy and the integrity of those countries who fought long and hard for their independence, for their freedom and for their democracy and with that, mr.
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speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. bench bedroom -- >> thank you, mr. speaker. i would also echo the words of the gentlelady from florida and all those who spoke on the relevant issue this evening, on the resolution which honors the incredible accomplishments that transpired in 1989, the fall of the wall. the opening of the gate and the spirit of freedom that blew through eastern europe. and it was not the result of one individual, one group of people. hundreds of thousands of people yearned and thirsted for freedom for decades and it finally came in the great fruition of that sievecal breaking down of that wall. we heard tonight the memory of ronald reagan and we remember what a great role he played in demanding mr. gorbachev to open the gate and tear down the wall. i would close by reminding those
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in the chamber tonight, if he were here ronald reagan would be disappointed in those who come in this great body at a time that we are honoring such a momentous occasion in the history of our world and use it to discuss things, though important, not relevant and to seem to do so for political advantage rather than honoring the memory of those who lost their lives fighting and questing for freedom. they're an inspiration to all of us and they should be for all time. that being said, sir, mr. chairman, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolutionlele 892. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. -- resolution 892. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. . 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is is agreed to and without objection -- >> mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make
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a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to rule 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, h.res. 833 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 833. resolution honoring the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the united states and the hashemite kingdom of jordan, the 10th anniversary of the ac session to the throne of his majesty, king abdullah ibnal hussein and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york and the gentlewoman from florida will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. mcmahon: thank you, mr. speaker. and i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and
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extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcmahon: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcmahon: i rise in support of h.res. 833 which honors the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the united states and the hashemite kingdom of jordan and the 10th anniversary of the assertion -- access to the throne of his majesty, king abdullah ii. i would like to thank my friend from california for introducing this important measure. the hashemite kingdom of jordan, mr. speaker, is a strong alley -- ally and great friend of the united states. although our two nations have never been linked by a formal treaty, we have cooperated for decades. in particular, the united states and jordan have worked together to support our commitment to peace, stability, moderation and modernization in the middle east. with economic and military
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assistance, a free trade agreement and close political cooperation, the united states has helped jordan overcome the vulnerabilities it naturally faces as a result of its small size and lack of natural resources. jordan's geographic position wedged among israel, syria, iraq and saudi arabia, has sometimes made it the object of a strategic design of more powerful neighbors but it has also given moderate jordan a strategically critical role as a buffer among those states and its 15-year-old peace treaty with israel has proved to be durable and an important force for regional stability. jordan is a key partner in fighting international terrorism. its security organizations are considered among the best in form and most adepth in the region. for example, jordanian intelligence played a role in assisting u.s. forces in killing czar czar, the fugitive jordan
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-- czar could you which, the fugitive jordan -- czar kauai. jordan's policies have made it at times a preferred target of regional terrorist groups. on november 9, 2005, bombings at three western-owned hotels in amman killed 58 people and seriously wonded approximately 100 others. the terrorist organization al qaeda in iraq claimed responsibility for this act. i am certain the united states will continue to stand with jordan in its fight against terrorism. mr. speaker, in august, secretary of state hillary clinton, hosted jordanian foreign minister in washington. in her remarks following their meeting, secretary clinton said that, quote, after six decades of relations, our partnership has proved both durable and dynamic. we will continue to work together in areas ranging from assistance with education,
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health care, from water programs to border security, good governance and regional security. i am proud to say, mr. speaker, that the congress is working alongside the obama administration to achieve those goals. king abdullah has won the admiration of many of us for his energetic and hands-on style of governing and his commonsense approach to regional relations. he is a true friend of the united states and a true voice of moderation in an increasingly treacherous region. i have always found king abdullah to be a sincere and insightful interlocutor as well as a strong spokesman for jordan's interests. i congratulate him on the 10th anniversary of his access to the jordanian throne and i wish him many successful years ahead. mr. speaker, in closing i'd like to thank the author of this resolution along with representatives charles
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boustany, brian baird and jeff fortenberry for their leadership in addressing a congressional jordanian caucus. such bipartisan cooperation can only strengthen u.s.-jordan bilateral relations. therefore, mr. speaker, i strongly support h. resolution 833 and i encourage all my colleagues to do likewise. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i'll yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: i appreciate it. mr. speaker, for the past six decades jordan has been a key u.s. ally in an unstable region where we have many vital interests and face many challenges. we have long-standing cooperation in a variety of fields from security to governance to education to health care to water and we hope that such cooperation will only increase in the years ahead. and in this regard, america has
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had true partners in amman. nothing illustrates this more than the strength of the 1994 peace treaty that the late king hussein concluded with the jewish democratic state of israel. by condemning violent extremism and by making an open and true peace with israel, king hussein set a standard by which other arab and muslim leaders should follow. in the past 15 years of peace between jordan and israel, they might not have been perfect, but they have been slowly building upon a foundation in which much cooperation is possible in the future. jordan has also demonstrated to other nations the benefits of embracing democratic reforms and principles. fortunately king hussein's son and successor, king abdullah, has continued on a path for peace, cooperation and reform
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during his past decade on the throne. under an election law passed in february of 2007, the jordanians went to the polls in late july of 2007 to elect for the first time the mayors and councils of every city and town in their country. in november of 2007 jordan held its fifth set of elections for parliament since 1989. jordan was also recognized, has also recognized that democracy is more than just elections. the jordanian government has taken steps to establish the rule of law, to build civil society, to build strong institutions, to broaden political participation, to meaningfully engage sustains -- -- citizens from all walks of lifement one example of this commitment was the decision by the government to lower the voting age from 19 to 18 and to
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establish mechanisms to ensure adequate female representation to municipal councils. in the most recent parliamentary elections, seven females won public office. i hope that these steps will lead to further reforms and more political participation. king abdullah himself has courageously spoken out and led the way for reform. as king abdullah has stated, quote, we in jordan and many others throughout the middle east are working hard to create a civic environment in which all people will thrive. the basic requirement is an inclusive democratic civil society, one that guarantees rights, delegates responsibilities, honors merit, and rewards achievement. end quote. jordan has also demonstrated strong support for the
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fledgling democracy in iraq. king abdullah was the first arab leader to visit iraq since the establishment of the democracy in that country. jordan has also become the first country to appoint an ambassador to baghdad since 2005. jordan is indeed serving as a model for other nations in the region. it deserves our friendship and encouragement, and its people deserve continued progress in political and economic reforms. therefore, i strongly support house resolution 833, which commemorates 60 years of diplomatic relations between jordan and the united states, as well as the 10th anniversary of the accession to the throne of king abdullah. it also expresses our profund admiration and gratitude for the people of jordan and shares
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their hope and that of king abdullah for a more peaceful middle east. i urge my colleagues to support this important resolution and i thank the distinguished colleague from california, my dear friend, mr. schiff, for introducing it. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> at this time, i yield six minutes to the gentleman from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i thank my friend for yielding and i want to thank the gentleman for bringing this to the floor. i'm grateful to the members of the committee and other who was co-sponsored it. today we celebrate one of america's strongest alliances in one of our world's most unsettled regions. for decades, the united states and jordan have been friends and allies and today that friendship finds renewed expression in this resolution
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which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between jordan and the anniversary of king abdullah's act session to the throne. -- accession to the throne. jordan has been a key player in the peace process between israel and the palestinian people. a partner in the fight against al qaeda and an important part of the struggle for the soul of islam. with its lengthy board we are rail and its majority palestinian population,or dan has long been a catalyst for peace in the region. king hussein, the current king's father, engaged in decades of quiet diplomacy in israel, an effort that bore fruit in 1994 with ea the signing of the jordan-israel peace treaty. king abdullah has continued his father's quest for peace and is a tireless advocate for peace
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for the people of the region. his 10 years on the throne have been shaped primarily by jordan's response to the 9/11 attacks and the iraq war and the jordanian-american partnership has been strengthened in the eight years since the attacks on new york and washington. jordan has been an important ally in the fight against al qaeda but the steadfastness has carried a heavy price. four years ago this month, al qaeda terrorists struck three hotels in amman. while the terrorists intended to drive a wedge between the u.s. and jordan, they only strengthened our resolve in grief to resist extremism even in the face of terror. in iraq, jordan has provided vital assistance to american forces serving there and has been host to thousands of iraqi refugees. it has also served to host iraqi police recruits and have
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trained -- that have trained at a state of the art facility outside of amman. as the program has wound down, jordan has converted it for training palestinian authority security personnel as part of the program run by american general keith dayton. these palestinian forces have been instrumental in helping stabilize the west bank and keep alive the hopes for a future two-state solution. over the past two years, as i mentioned, jordan has been burdened by hundreds of thousands of refugees. from iraq. a small, water port nation of only six million, jordan's infrastructure and economy have been tested by the iraqi refugees with estimates of the total number ranging between half a million and $7 -- and 700,000. the influx of refugees has put enor mouse strain on the kingdom's education and health care system and has caused widespread distortions in
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housing and energy prices. despite the burden they have placed on jordan, the government has allowed them to replain in the country even as the situation in iraq has become more stable. in recent month a few refugees have begun to return home, but the vast majority remain and most observers expect them to stay in jordan for some time to come. especially vital has been the king's effort to reassert on behalf of muslims around the world the true meaning and teachings of islam. in 2004 he issued the amman message, an important step in combating al qaeda's attempt to hijack one of the world's great religions in the name of hate. while america can work to eliminate the conditions that give rise to extremism, we must also rely on muslim leaders to press the case that al qaeda is a perversion of islam and not a pure form of the religion that values human life and peace. in a region royaled by conflict, characterized by poor
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governance and stifling economic mismanagement, jordan has remained an island of stability and an example to its neighbors of a middle eastern nation seeking to create a peaceful and more prosperous life for its citizens, even though it lacks the oil and natural gas many of the other arab states in the neighborhood enjoy. much work remains to be done, but king abdullah and other senior government leaders are determined to build a better society for the jordanian people. for that commitment and for six decades of friendship, i am proud to co-chair the congressional friends of jordan caucus with my colleague from louisiana, mr. boustany and with our terrific vice chairs mr. baird and mr. fortenberry. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution and reaffirming the broad ties between the united states and jordan and congratulating king abdullah on the progress he's made in his 10 years on the throne. many thanks to chairman berman and with that, i yield back the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: we have no further requests for time and i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york. >> i have no further requests for time and i yield back the balance of our time as well. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 833, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- >> mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution 209.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 209, recognizing the 30th anniversary of the iranian hostage crisis during which 52 united states citizens were held hostage for 444 days from november 4, 1979, to january 20, 1981, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. mcmahon, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. mcmahon: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcmahon: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of house concurrent resolution 209, which recognizes the 30th anniversary of the seizure of the united states embassy in tehran on november 4, 1979.
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in february of 1979, shortly after the clooches the shah's regime, exiled religious leader ia toe la khomeini returned to tie taye ran and whipped popular discontent into rabid anti-americanism. when he shah came to america for cancer treatment, the itoe la incited attacks on the united states. the embassy at tie taye ran was overrun and its employees taken captive. 66 americans were taken hostage. they were separated into small group, not allowed to communicate with one another. they were completely cut off from the outside world, even from their families. they were blindfolded whenever their captors took them outside their rooms. meals were served irregularly and were often inadequate. particular worrisome was the lack of medical care.
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many were senior embassy staff with medical concerns. above all there was the pressure of never knowing if they would be executed or what if anything the american government was doing to help them. our brave diplomats and servicemen were held for well over a year. the iranians released a few hostages along the way, but 52 of the original 66 captives were held for the entire 444 days. all of the hostages made a heroic sacrifice for our nation and they deserve our epersonal gratitude. we also lost eight courageous soldiers when their helicopters crashed in the iranian desert on april 25, 1980, in a failed attempt to rescue hostages. we honor their bravery and we mourn their loss. our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to their families, mr. speaker. the iranian regime supports the holding of american hostages for the disgrace of the highest
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order and it was far from the last time the iranian regime would show contempt for its international obligations, as we know. iran continues to flout the will of the international community today with its nuclear weapons program and its support for terrorism. annually, and outrageously, the iranian regime continues to mark the anniversary of the embassy takeover, as a celebration rather than as the badge of shame they should acknowledge it to be. this year, thousands of iranian demonstrators turned the tables on the regime, using the occasion to declare their contempt for the iranian leadership. several of those taken hostage 30 years ago remain active in serving our nation's interest today. one of them, ambassador john w. lindbergh, was a young political officer, already an accomplished persian scholar, just finishing his third month at the embassy when iranian thugs took him and his
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colleagues hostage. today, 30 years later, he's starting an assignment as deputy secretary for iranian affairs at the state department's bureau of near eastern affairs. he's been a professor at the naval academy at annapolis which has granted him leave to pursue this critically important position. he is not only a scholar but a first-rate diplomat. we honor him today and commend his new assignment. i commend my friend, the gentleman from nebraska, mr. fortenberry, for bringing fort this resolution and urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i rise in strong support of the resolution put forward by anymy good friend from nebraska.
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september 11, 2001, will forever be ingrained in our collective cons shenses as one of the worst attacks in -- of this nature. however, we have been targeted since november 4, 1979. on this day, iranian militants overran the united states embassy in tehran and took innocent american hostages with 52 of these brave americans held for 444 days. u.s. diplomats, embassy staff, military personnel, were bound and blindfolded, humiliated and paraded in front of news cameras by their captors. they endured unspeakable suffering and abuse for nearly 15 months in captivity. since the capture of the united states embassy in tehran 30 years ago, and the ensuing
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hostage crisis, iran has increase gly viewed terrorism as a tool to achieve its ideological and strategic aims. these aims include exporting the revolution, supporting and arming militant islamic extremist organizations and other groups worldwide, especially in the middle east. attacking israel. destabilizing the government of the more pragmatic and reformist arab countries. one of the chief instruments for the implementation of these policies has been the jihaddist organization hezbollah, which, since its inception, has been trained, financed, and supported by the ianian revolutionary guard corps -- by the iranian revolutionary guard corps. in return, they have helped advance iranian interests through a sustained campaign against the united states and
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our allies in the middle east, including, but not limited to, the 1983 attacks on the united states marine bar rabblings and embassy in lebanon. the bombing of the united states embassy annex in beirut in 1984. the 1985 hijacking of t.w.a. flight 847. the taking of american and other hostages in beirut throughout the 1980's. the june, 1996, truck bombing of the khobar towers united states military housing complex in saudi arabia. testifying at a subcommittee hearing i chaired in february, 2005, william doherty a c.i.a. veteran and one of the 5 americans held hostage in in iran for 444 days, 30 years ago, emphasized and i quote, the undeniable truth is that
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the united states government has utterly failed to hold iran accountable in any sustained and effective manner for its role in the cumulative deaths of over 275 american citizens and the wounding of well over 600 more, end quote. he continued, quote, moreover the united states government has failed to undertake any action with the force or impact sufficient to deter the iranian government from conducting terrorism against our interests. the absence of any credible response has served only to encourage the continuation of iranian-sponsored terrorism, nor have those of us who are victims of iranian terrorism received any justice from those acts, end quote. since his testimony almost five
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years ago, iran has been proactively involved in undermining united states and coalition interests in iraq, in afghanistan, by providing material support and all types of weapons to extremists in both countries so that they can kill and wound americans. and the number of u.s. victims of iranian-sponsored or iran-supported attacks continues to increase. the threat to our ally israel has grown incredibly as well with iran increasing its involvement in the west bank and gaza in support of such islamic extremist organizations as hamas, the palestinian jihad and in lebanon through hezbollah. success of u.s. administrations has failed it to properly recognize and confront the totality of the iranian threat
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fromity history of supporting violent islamic ex trimists, to its nuclear weapons program, unconventional weapons and ballistic missile development. in response, the united states must impose a cost so high on tehran that it threatens the iranian regime's survival fls it changes course. this approach will require applying immediate, comprehensive, tough economic sanctions. again, former hostage dr. william dough herty said it best, and i quote, it is time for iran to be called to account. not by pronouncements, but by clear, sustained and overwhelming action for its past as well as for any future violations of international law and it is time for american victims of iranian terrorism, like those of us who were held hostage by the iranian
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government, to receive the justice that is decades delayed. the congress can see that this happens, end quote. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to strongly support this resolution and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. mcmahon: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i reserve the balance of my time. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, at this time i'm proud to yield such time as he may consume to the author of this resolution, the gentleman from nebraska, in fortenberry, an esteemed member of our committee on foreign affairs. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized. mr. fortenberry: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and thank her for her leadership and assistance with this important resolution as well. mr. speaker, this week holds special significance for our nation, especially for the courageous u.s. diplomats and
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military personnel who were captured when militant student activists stormed the u.s. embassy in tehran 30 years ago on november 4, 1979. their 444-day hostage or daily in iraq and iran is forever etched in our nation's memory. you cannot understand what is happening in the middle east today without reference to this event. i introduce this resolution to remind us of the hostages' triumph in adversity, of the difficult lessons our policymakers learned during that grueling episode, to commemorate their service to our nation and to honor those brave soldiers who were killed and wounded in a valiant rescue attempt. our diplomats took a difficult assignment at a difficult time in the middle east. their courageous witness to those things we hold dear, recourse to the orderly address of grievances, stands as a reminder of what is at stake now
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in the ancient land of iran. a choice for peace and cooperation, a choice for repression, fear and isolation. the quest for national prominence and prestige to which iran understandably subscribes, absent the enduring values we have been fortunate to see enshrined in the u.s. constitution, as well as the universal declaration of human rights is an empty quest. it is often -- in his often cited work, alexis in essence concluded that america is great because america is good. and we must constantly remind ourselves that the ongoing challenge to our nation or any nation lies in the quest for what is good. this is the measure of greatness in a civilized world. greatness not to dominate but to
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liberate, greatness not to rule and coerce but to govern wisely and with the consent of the people who seek to determine their own destiny within the framework of the just rule of law. this is the challenge before iran today. to be a force for good in a region, challenge to rise above long standing grievances and injustices, to be a force for good in the world threatened by greed, terror and tyranny. or not. mr. speaker, when president ronald reagan welcomed the former hostages to the white house on january 27, 1981, he stated, quote, we hear it said that we live in an era of limits to our power. well let it also be understood, there are limits to our patience. it is my hope, mr. speaker, that by honoring these brave men and women we may inspire people throughout the world to work
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tirelessly for the freedom and justice they deserve and settle for nothing less. it is also my fervent hope that in recognition of this 30th anniversary, the people of the united states and iran may embark on a new relationship that fully reflects the noblist aspirations for life and liberty. and i yield back. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from new york. mr. mcmahon: yes, mr. speaker,
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at this time it is my privilege and honor to recognize four minutes, my distinguished colleague, the gentlelady from texas, ms. sheila jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker for his kindness and i thank the manager of this legislation, my dear friend from the foreign affairs committee, for yielding. it is interesting to have this day to commemorate the sacrifice of americans some 30 years ago who were held as hostages. a few minutes ago i tried to depict and have people be
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reminded of the tragedy of lost children during the earthquake in china. just visually picture what happened to those children. it is important as well to revisit visually what americans had to go through who were held hostage in iran for more than a year. i saw some old video where i saw soldiers doing pushups and trying it to keep themselves busy, foreign service personnel and others who were in that embassy that fateful day. this is an important acknowledgment of a transition that has frozen time for the iranian people, frozen their rights, their opportunity for freedom and freedom of speech, the understanding of the concept of democracy.
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and so as we commemorate, not celebrate, those 30 years, we thank those americans, those brave americans, who with stood all of that pain of being a hostage, being away from their family members, but at the same time we owe them a debt. more than a debt of gratitude. we owe them the recognition that there are dissidents, iranians, who are now on the ground fighting against, i believe, an illegally situated government that cannot document that there was a fair process, and the brutality that occurred after that election when iranians stood up to be able to demand justice and a fair election. we must push for human rights in iran. we must push for nonproliferation. we must demand transparency and
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of course their chief executive will suggest that we are demons, we have no right to interfere into their business. well, i would say the name of those brave americans that lost a lot of their life for a period of time in our history. we owe them our persistence in ensuring that there is an opportunity for freedom and democracy in iran. there are those, of course, who lost their lives in the attempt to rescue those individuals. i pay honor and tribute to them. and in their name as well we must continue to fight for freedom. an enormous tragedy occurred yesterday in texas in fort hood and we respect and acknowledge the loss of those brave men and women. we also say that freedom demands our attention both in terms of
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national security but as well for those who sacrifice for us every day. so, mr. speaker, i rise to recognize the 30th anniversary and thank the author of this legislation, of the iranian hostage crisis during which 52 american citizens were held hostage for 444 days. i acknowledge their sacrifice, the days they stayed away from their family, and as well as the sacrifice of those who attempted to save their lives. i express support for all those iranian citizens who now stand in the battle, in the fight for human rights. i would argue that this legislation must be shown in action and i ask my colleagues to support this initiative. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york. mr. mcmahon: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no further requests for time. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to
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house concurrent resolution 209 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- mr. mcmahon: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair ears pry announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. we all agree that real health care reform is a necessity. but in the hurry of congress to pass the trillion-dollar pelosi bill, we're not listening to our mothers' often-given advice, look before you leap. in this case, read before you vote. the pelosi bill takes the wrong approach in fixing what is broken in our health care
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system. increased taxes don't translate to increased coverage. eliminating seniors' health care coverage and cutting their benefits don't translate into eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse. cost-shifting in the health care system doesn't translate to cost reduction. instead, what we need is true health care reform that helps bring down the high cost of care and the high insurance premiums. what we need is health care reform that will allow our families to keep the doctors and the coverage that they want. congress needs to end the search for complicated and convoluted ways that head the -- that hide the actual cost of the pelosi bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: so
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ordered. the gentleman is recognized. >> i thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, one of the impacts of the proposed health care legislation that has not received the attention it deserves is the huge, unfunded mandate it will place on our respective state governments. as every member of this body knows, each state in america is struggling to balance its budget, often cutting services to the bone. i asked my own state legislative leaders how the state of oklahoma would be implemented by speaker pelosi's health care bill. they reported that in oklahoma this will result in at least $128 million in annual costs to state government. that will require either draconian cut tosser vises such as education, transportation, and public safety, or substantial increases in state taxes. mr. speaker, the democratic effort to mask the true cost of this legislation is a scandal. if passed, the pelosi health
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care bill will bankrupt state government, destroy jobs and further cripple the economy. our state governments can't afford this bill and neither can the american taxpayer. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. residents in arkansas' third district don't want a government takeover of health care. in a teletown hall on tuesday, i asked my constituents are you supportive of a public option in health care reform? the overwhelming majority, 76%, said that they don't favor that plan. the reality is that this 1,990 page pelosi bill includes a public option. my constituents don't want to federalize their health care. like them, i believe this bill is a prescription for a big government and an expense our
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country caint ford. three weeks ago, my my constituent, annie jacobs, of pottsville, arkansas, sent me a letter that makes a suggestion. make a list of all the projects and programs the federal government operates and those that have seen the operation costs decrease. it doesn't take long to see that there are few, if any, government-run programs that are cost effective. arkansas' third congressional district -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. i apologize to the gentleman from missouri. >> mr. speaker, i strongly oppose this so-called democrat reform package. i know and believe that health care reform is necessary. however, the looming health care legislation will only hurt
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american families and have devastating effects on our nation's small businesses, especially like the ones in south carolina. this massive government expansion will cost nearly $1.3 trillion which is offset by job-killing tax increases. small businesses will be hardest hit by these tax increases, which will total a staggering $730 billion. this is especially troubling in south carolina where small businesses make up 97% of the businesses there. according to the heritage foundation, 8,700 south carolina small businesses will be required to pay this new burdensome tax. this will surely result in more job losses in my state, where unemployment right now, mr. speaker is 11.6%. please, colleagues, stand with me and fight this government takeover. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri rise? >> to address unanimous -- seek
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unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> the american people have spoken, poll after poll show by overwhelming majorities that this health care proposal is being rejected by them. what are the concerns? seniors are concerned about their medicare, medicare advantage, and their care in scren. this bill makes a $500 billion cut in the medicare program, which will lead to rationed care. small business owners are concerned about their businesses. this bill will enact billions of new taxes, surcharges and places new mandates on them that may cause them to lose their businesses. young people are concerned about their futures. will the $1 trillion price toofing this bill indebt them and their children for the rest of their lives? this bill doesn't lower the cost of health care. it raises the cost of health care. the american people don't see this as a solution to the health care problem. they see it as adding to the
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problem. they have spoken. we need to listen. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this week, democrats released 42 additional pages of the health care bill in their manager's amendment, meaning it stands at 2,032 pages. the manager's amendment makes it more likely we'll see everyone in the exchange on a government-run plan in a few years its creation. it calls for insurers to report increases every year and they may be kicked out of the exchange for rising prices that are deemed excessive. it will shift costs as provide verse to make up their losts.
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as costs are shifted, private insurers are left with no choice but to raise premiums. millions of people will be dropped from their current plan and put on the government plan. democrats are making this happen faster. this is a bad amendment, a bad bill and should be rejected. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise to encourage the house of representatives to stay in session until this health care bill brought forward this weekend is past. i do that because about four years ago, i lived down the street from children's hospital with my daughter, struck with a brain tumor. we began her chemo therapy, there was a young boy diagnosed with acute leukemia next to her, where we heard social
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workers argue about whether the parents -- argue with the parents about whether he could stay with no insurance. my family, my daughter were taken care of and i was focused on the mission. we lose $200 billion a year in lost productivity because the underinsured and uninsured. our businesses pay an 18% higher cost because we have not taken action over the last 10 years. i my colleagues to stay in session because doing nothing is not who we are. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. broun: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm a physician. i practiced medicine in georgia for almost four decades. in health care, us providers try to do no harm but mr. speaker, this pelosi health care takeover is going to
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destroy the quality of health care. it's going to actually destroy poor people and particularly medicare recipients from even having a doctor because the cuts in medicare is going to mean that doctors just can't afford to continue to see them, even though they want to. it's going to ensure state budgets, because of the increase in medicaid recipients that are going to be forced onto the state budgets, which means it's going to hurt -- it's going to hurt teachers and all the goods and services within the state. it's going to destroy every family's budget because of the increased cost for everybody in this country because all goods and services come and go because of the increased services on all the businesses. it's going to destroy jobs. it's been estimated 5.5 million jobs will be lost. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman ice time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey rise?
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>> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. chairman, i want to tell you about a friend of mine, kelly coughlin, owns a small business in new jersey, since that's what we've been hearing from many of my friends on the other side. he has a small woodworking business. each year he has to determine the best set of benefits at the best price based on his employees and their need. unfortunately, the options dictated to him by an insurer leave him with very few choices. he has zero negotiating power. that's why the franchise, the exchange is a great idea for small businesses to deal with the problems because offering coverage is the right thing for him to do and the best way for him to attract the most skilled employees. he's at the whim of his insurer rm for 20 10, he faces a 35% increase in premiums. how in god's name can we justify this by a bill that the
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other side has presented that's cheap because it doesn't do anything. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize. >> yes, mr. speaker, the republicans are united against the pelosi-obama health care takeover. but it's not a partisan issue. several governors came out against it. my governor called the plan the mother of all unfunded mandates why? it adds millions of people to the state's medicaid roles, makes them cover them without the money down the road to pay for them. states have to balance their budget they can't borrow the money and print the money and add it to the next generation. the 10th amendment gives rights to the states, the federal government is handing mandates to the states, they have nowhere to turn except raise taxes or dramatically cut their
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budgets. this is not fair to the states. it's the wrong thing to do. reject the pelosi-obama health care takeover. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the distinguished gentleman from new york rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. food in america we spend $2.5 trillion, or 17% of our economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, on health care. yet we are 37th in terms of quality out of 192 countries. we are 41st in infant mortality out of 192 countries. we are dead last among industrialized countries in preventable deaths. health care premiums have doubled in the past 10 years. they'll double again in the next 10 years 14678,000 people lose their coverage every day. they're not older people, because they qualify for medicare.
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they're not poor people because they qualify for medicaid. it's individuals who get up every day and go to work, but because of the skyrocketing cost of health care, they're employers are forced to cut coverage, in some cases close altogether. this is a uniquely american problem, with a uniquely american solution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> with almost 16 million people unemployed and looking for work, with an unemployment rate over 10%, something we haven't seen in over 26 years work countless americans asking, where are the jobs, why is the democratic leadership ramming thru a health care bill that will not add one net job to the american economy? in fact, the majority's bill will do the exact opposite. it will impose $729 billion in new taxes, crushing small new taxes, crushing small business.

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